Category Archives: Constitution and Supreme Court

“India, also known as Bharat, is a Union of States. It is a Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic with a parliamentary system of government.” – 
Constitution of India (Visited: 21 April 2020)
https://www.india.gov.in/my-government/constitution-india
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?page_id=18809

“The Sovereign Republic of India was formally proclaimed on January 26, 1950, governed by a constitution which guaranteed
– The State shall not deny to any person equality before the law
– The State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex
– ‘Untouchability’ is abolished and its practice in any form is forbidden.”
Source: Gita Mehta quoting Dr Ambedkar in “Snakes and Ladders: A View of Modern India” (Minerva 1997 ed., pp. 92-93)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=20996

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.” – United Nations (www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=25720

“Why India Needs Scheduled Tribes to Educate its Future Judges”: Adivasi rights and the the Indian constitution

The rights of adivasis in the Indian constitution are not an act of benevolence to “mainstream and uplift them” but a recognition that the “mainstream” of Indian society has many streams that flow into it, each of them equally valid. … Continue reading

Posted in Assimilation, Commentary, Constitution and Supreme Court, Education and literacy, Government of India, Misconceptions, Multi-lingual education, Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Worship and rituals | Comments Off on “Why India Needs Scheduled Tribes to Educate its Future Judges”: Adivasi rights and the the Indian constitution

Tip | How many ‘Scheduled Tribes’ are there in India? And what distinguishes them from other communities? (‘tribal’ or otherwise) – Information provided by the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes

How many Scheduled Tribes have been identified so far? There are over 700 tribes (with overlapping communities in more than one State) which have been notified under Article 342 of the Constitution of India, spread over different States and Union … Continue reading

Posted in Assimilation, Constitution and Supreme Court, Democracy, Economy and development, Figures, census and other statistics, Government of India, History, Organizations, Quotes, Regions of India, Resources, Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Rural poverty, Tips | Comments Off on Tip | How many ‘Scheduled Tribes’ are there in India? And what distinguishes them from other communities? (‘tribal’ or otherwise) – Information provided by the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes

Serving endangered languages, denotified and nomadic Communities: Ganesh Devy on the need for a “sustainable economic and social base in the homeland”

A Nomad Called Thief: Reflections on Adivasi Silence and Voice by GN Devy A collection of essays on Adivasis. Tribal groups (adivasis) in India have often been excluded, marginalized and oppressed by `mainstream’ society. In many ways this exclusion, marginalization and … Continue reading

Posted in Adivasi, Adverse inclusion, Anthropology, Colonial policies, Community facilities, Constitution and Supreme Court, Cultural heritage, Customs, Economy and development, Education and literacy, Endangered language, Figures, census and other statistics, Government of India, History, Languages and linguistic heritage, Literature and bibliographies, Maps, Misconceptions, Modernity, Museum collections - India, Names and communities, Nature and wildlife, Networking, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes, Organizations, Particularly vulnerable tribal group, Photos and slideshows, Press snippets, Quotes, Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Trees | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Serving endangered languages, denotified and nomadic Communities: Ganesh Devy on the need for a “sustainable economic and social base in the homeland”

Harness the potential of Denotified Tribes, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes for national development: India’s labour force must be liberated from an abhorrent colonial doctrine (“criminality by birth”) – Report and Recommendations of the Technical Advisory Group

What is the “Criminal Tribes Act” all about?And what can be done to help the countless victims of stigmatization and deprivation? To learn more, read or download the full TAG report on Bhasharesearch.org >>(PDF, 361 pages including the entire text … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Adverse inclusion, Anthropology, Assimilation, Colonial policies, Constitution and Supreme Court, Economy and development, Education and literacy, Figures, census and other statistics, Forest Rights Act (FRA), Government of India, History, Maps, Modernity, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes, Organizations, Particularly vulnerable tribal group, PDF printfriendly, Performing arts, Quotes, Resources, Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Rural poverty | Comments Off on Harness the potential of Denotified Tribes, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes for national development: India’s labour force must be liberated from an abhorrent colonial doctrine (“criminality by birth”) – Report and Recommendations of the Technical Advisory Group

Preserving the variety of modern India’s communities and cultures in the making of the nation: Nehru’s empathy for “a people who sing and dance”

Ethnic Life-Worlds in North-East India: An Analysis by Prasenjit Biswas, Chandan Suklabaidy | Learn more here >> Nehru is not only opposed to muting the tribal into submission but is also opposed to majoritarian Hindu chauvinism that aims at creating a homogenized … Continue reading

Posted in Adverse inclusion, Anthropology, Assimilation, Constitution and Supreme Court, Customs, Democracy, Economy and development, ePub, Government of India, History, Literature and bibliographies, Modernity, Names and communities, Nature and wildlife, Press snippets, Quotes, Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Seven Sister States | Tagged | Comments Off on Preserving the variety of modern India’s communities and cultures in the making of the nation: Nehru’s empathy for “a people who sing and dance”